Updated: Aug. 13, 2013.

It appears Prime Minister Stoltenberg’s taxi stunt may have been a little less incognito than previously thought. The Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) revealed Monday that five of the 14 passengers involved were not random citizens looking for transport, but instead were specially recruited for the video by a production company.

The selected passengers were contacted via a casting call and paid 500 kroner ($85) for their services. While the passengers were not told the PM would be their driver, they were informed that the video would be for the Labour Party, of which Stoltenberg is the lead member.

Officials for both the Labour Party and Try, the firm behind the video, tried to play down the tabloid’s revelations. “They’re five ordinary people who were asked if they wanted to take part in a video for the Labour Party and who knew nothing else, except that…

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